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Pereira, Godofredo, 2016, Conference or Workshop, Territorial Evidence at Anthropocene Campus, Technosphere, Berlin, Germany, 14-22 April 2016.

Abstract or Description:

The Axiomatic Earth describes a condition in which techno-scientific modes of classifying the Earth become sites of political struggle. Looking at the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, I will show how an imprecision in procedures of heavy-oil classification allowed for a dramatic transformation of the nation’s politic and territorial projects: the difference between a classification of Venezuela’s hydrocarbon reserves as tar-sands and a classification that described them as heavy-oil, was narrated by the government of Hugo Chavéz as the difference between neo-liberal policies and revolutionary ones. In the context of an oil-based economy, this shift constituted a semiotic transmutation of the Venezuelan underground that was essential to the development of the Bolivarian project.

Subjects: Architecture > K100 Architecture
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 22:18
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2016 22:18
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2573

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